Old Rochester Regional High School girls basketball has taken advantage of every opportunity in the early going, heading into the holiday break with a 4-0 record. The Bulldogs’ most recent win came over Durfee in a 56-37 effort to follow up from their 60-46 win over Dartmouth.
One thing that’s helped Old Rochester Regional separate itself from the rest of the pack is the Bulldogs’ balanced offense. Nine Bulldogs scored in the win over Dartmouth, eight in the victory against Durfee. Furthermore, the top scorers weren’t the same in either contest. Maggie Brogioli scored 13 in the win over Dartmouth, with Logan Fernandesadding in 11. Ashley Soaresled the way with 15 against Durfee, while Meg Horanfinished second on the team with eight points.
A big reason for the well-spread scoring is Brogioli, Fernandes, and Annie Perry—who scored six against Dartmouth and five against Durfee—have all made major contributions as freshmen. So not only are the Bulldogs succeeding in the here and now with players like Meg Hughes, Mary Butler, and others serving as stable veterans, but they are also establishing a foundation for the future.
“You forget they’re freshmen,” Old Rochester Regional girls basketball coach Bob Hohne said after the win over Dartmouth. “That’s a nice problem to have. Our bench is deep.”
The Bulldogs put their 4-0 record to the test on the road against Seekonk on Friday at 6:30 pm.
ORR boys basketball took care of business against Fairhaven in its last matchup before the holiday break, winning 56-53.
Matt Brogiolihad a strong night in the scoring column and on the glass, finishing one rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 17 points to go with nine rebounds. Sam Hartley-Mattesonfinished second in scoring for Old Rochester Regional, but did log a double-double by scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 boards.
However, ORR boys basketball coach Steve Carvalho felt the Bulldogs could have done more to avoid the tight finish.”
“Our defense on the last two possessions (won it),”Carvalho said. “We played a sloppy game with too many turnovers.”
Regardless, the Bulldogs improved to 2-1 and tip off again when they host Seekonk on Friday at 6:30 pm.
Unfortunately for Old Colony boys basketball, weather forced a cancellation in the Cougars’ last contest, with rain seeping into the gym in the game against Tri-County on Friday.
“We did everything we could,” Old Colony boys basketball coach Matt Trahan said. “We put down rugs: we put fans on it. We were able to get through the (first) half, but people were just sliding all over the floor.”
But it wasn’t a leak in the ceiling. It was rain tracked in from the spectators’ wet shoes.
“It just all ended up in the gym,” Trahan said. “I’ve never seen anything like that in all my years.”
However, the last matchup the Cougars were able to finish off, ended in a 72-62 win over Diman where two players combined for 55 points, while two others picked up the remaining 17.
Jake Jasonwent 20 for 21 from the free-throw line, playing a major role in his 34-point performance. Zach Soucylogged 21 for the Cougars, making two three-pointers—a total Jason also matched.
“I think we put him in a situation where we could isolate him and let him do work,” Trahan said on Jason’s performance at the three-point line. “They didn’t have much of an answer for him getting to the basket.”
Joel Cortezscored 11 and led Old Colony with three three-pointers, while Hunter Soareschipped in six.
Old Colony (2-0) gets back to work after the New Year and takes a trip to Norfolk Aggie on January 4 at 5:00 pm.
High School Sports Update
By Nick Friar